On the night of Saturday July 21st, I decided I’d like to take my beautiful girlfriend Tara on a dinner date to someplace nice. I lived in Merritt Island for 5 years and have driven for FedEx in Brevard County for 7 years, so I know all of the nice restaurants to go to. I picked her up at around 6:30 and headed over to a place called Café Marguex in downtown Cocoa Village. The place is pleasantly in the middle of the town surrounded by little boutiques and gift shops. The streets are lit with Christmas lights all throughout the trees so that it made for a romantic setting. As you walk into Café Marguex there is a water fountain with lights that make the water shimmer all over the outdoor courtyard in which the café tables were placed. We sat outside next to the fountain to gain the most romantic candlelit dinner that we could. The server was extremely helpful with the menu; he fully explaining everything we asked him about as if he made it himself. Our glasses of wine never went below the halfway mark before he poured more in our glasses. The nicest aspect of all about Café Marguex was that because it was an authentic French restaurant there was no rush to serve the next set of people. In other words, the server did not seem to rush us out, but rather encouraged us to take our time and enjoy our nice meal and bottle of wine.
I would highly recommend this restaurant whether taking your “significant other” out to eat or just answering your tummy as it growls at you around noon. It is a bit pricey, but you will not be disappointed with any dish that is served, the presentation of the dish, the surrounding atmosphere, and most of all the amazing service that Cafe Margaux has! Below I have listed all of the information needed such as the link to their website to view the menu, the TripAdvisor.com link to view reviews about the restaurant, and you can also”Like” them on Facebook! From one foodie to another, Bon Apetit!
Ceviche of Orlando!
Last night I had the pleasure of dining at a restaurant in downtown Orlando called Ceviche. Obviously from the name it is classified as an authentic South American restaurant. The prices of the dishes are minimal due to the fact that they serve their food in minimal portions. The dishes are like sample plates for you and your joining party to enjoy. I heard about the restaurant by word of mouth so I decided to to develop my own opinion about the place and I was NOT disappointed. The food was savory and the portion sizes were perfect for trying different South American dishes at a minimal price. Ultimately, you pay less and get more…sounds like there’s a catch right? Wrong.
On the night of July 18th, my girlfriend’s sister and her husband had flown into town from New Jersey and we wanted to take them out to eat somewhere in downtown Orlando. We wanted a Spanish restaurant but we weren’t sure about our options. We did a search on Google and the best Spanish restaurant that popped up was a place called Ceviche, a Peruvian restaurant. We felt adventurous so we decided to give it a shot since the customer service ratings for the restaurant were rated 4 ½ stars. At about 8 o’clock we walked into the restaurant and were immediately sat at a table. The menu was mainly in Spanish so none of us really had a clue what we were ordering. We questioned the waiter about several different dishes on the menu and finally came to a decision. The restaurant was set up so that everything that was ordered on the menu came in small portions for numerous people to share, kind of like sampling different dishes. We ordered the Ox tail and this curious dish called sweet bread. Now a normal person would read sweet bread and come to the immediate conclusion that it was an assortment of various breads. That conclusion that we drew was very wrong. The sweet bread was the first dish to be set upon the table. Since the waiter set it on the table without telling us which one it was, everyone took a piece and was eating it slowly to enjoy the flavor thinking that it was the Ox tail. Not long after the second dish was set down, except for this time the waiter announced that it was the Ox tail. Since the sweetbread was a kind of meat, we thought that it was the Ox tail. We all looked at each other with astonishment on our faces and said “if that’s the Ox tail, then what’s the other dish?!?” The waiter laughed and said “that’s Cow cheek.” Oh my goodness! I about lost my appetite finding out this truth. The waiter quickly ran off to wait on the other tables.
Here are some pictures of the adventure!
Top picture: Cow cheek (AKA sweet bread)
Bottom picture: Ox tail
I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a perfect romantic dinner date, and a different experience among most American cultural restaurants. The dish sizes are small, but inexpensive so that you can order an assortment of various alternate dishes. I have include the direct link to their website, a gallery of the restaurant, and if you click on the link from UrbanSpoon.com it will take you to see all of the restaurant reviews. Also, “Like” them on Facebook! From one foodie to another, Bon Apetit!
Cedar Halal Food & Deli!
Yesterday for lunch I had remembered passing by a Mediterranean restaurant that looked adventurous. I stopped in to check it out only to find out that this was not only a restaurant and deli, but a small grocery store as well!
Between the deli, restaurant, and the fact that it was a grocery store as well was exciting! For the appetizer I started off with the hummus dip which came with freshly pressed hot pita bread and the amazing hummus dip that they served sprinkled with curry powder.
Next, I ordered the Shawarma which is like a gyro but only better! The meat was lamb and the tzatziki sauce was mouth watering! I also ordered the Lamb shank which was tenderly slow roasted fall of the bone lamb on top of soft Mediterranean yellow rice. Need I explain more??
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a freshly prepared meal that is ready to indulge in a luscious authentic Mediterranean dish. Although they do not have a website, you can “Like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Cedarhalalorlando. In addition, there are plenty of reviews for future customers to check out on UrbanSpoon.com. If you click on the link below, it will direct you straight to information such as the menu, reviews, and the location of the restaurant. From one foodie to another, Bon Apetit!
Casa Linda Cuban Cafe!
Today I decided to try the Cuban Cafe located just down the street from my place. So what’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of dining at a Cuban restaurant? Answer = Cuban sandwich. The funny thing was that it wasn’t on the menu!
Casa Linda Cuban Cafe is conveniently located off State Route 50 in Orlando. It is family oriented and gives off a very “mom and pops” experience. The staff was friendly and very helpful to people like myself who wouldn’t have a clue how to navigate a menu written in Spanish.
I visited Casa Linda Cuban Cafe looking for a light lunch and was not disappointed. The menu offers A La Carte items such as empanadas, tamales, and croquetas, as well as sandwiches and larger meals. I ordered beef and chicken empanadas which were satisfying enough on their own. To top off the meal with dessert I ordered churros which were amazing! They were smothered in decadent chocolate sauce and smooth whipped cream which almost had me ordering another one if I wasn’t so calorie conscious.
As a resident of Orlando, I am used to being surrounded by multicultural people and restaurants. I like to step outside of my comfort zone and experience what each culture has to offer. Often, society classifies all Spanish/Latin restaurants into the same category by calling them as such. I have learned through experience that each country (ie: Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic) prepares and cooks their food in different ways from one another, giving them distinct variations between each of them. At Casa Linda Cuban Cafe, you will have the opportunity to experience authentic Cuban food that will have you coming back time and time again. I would recommend taking a visit to this authentic Cuban cafe as it would be worth the visit if you are looking for good food and family atmosphere. Although they do not have a working website, the link below from UrbanSpoon.com will assist you in reading alternate reviews about the restaurant. Also, “Like” them on Facebook at “Casa Linda Orlando!” From one foodie to another, Bon Apetit!
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